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Ersin Tatar wins the presidential election in Northern Cyprus

The former Prime Minister of the internationally unrecognized republic, Ersin Tatars, won the presidential election in Northern Cyprus on Sunday, according to official results.

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Tatar, who competed for the presidency with the former head of Northern Cyprus, Mustafa Akindhi, won 51.73% of the vote.

In the first round of elections on October 11, 72-year-old Akindži won 29.8% of the vote, while 60-year-old Tatar won 32.3% of the vote.

Akindji is in favor of the reunification of Cyprus, but Tatar, who was supported by the election Turkey President Tajip Erdogan, supports the creation of a separate independent state.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops occupied the northern third of the island in response to a coup backed by the then Athens military junta, which aimed to unite the island with Greece.

At present, there is still a Turkish military contingent of around 35,000 men in Northern Cyprus, and the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic, recognized by Ankara alone, is in fact entirely dependent on Turkish economic support.

The ongoing peace talks between the Turkish and Greek-administered parts of the island, which took place through the United Nations, came to a standstill in 2017, and no progress has been made since then.

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